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Strategy: a pop music definition

I am working on a presentation on strategy and innovation who central theses all come from pop music lyrics. I started thinking about this back when I pitched an idea for an annual report that was centered on a lyric from the Talking Heads song, Cross-eyed and Painless (facts are simple and facts are straight, [...]

Wisdom of Many Eyes, Part 2

There are two things I omitted in my first post on Many Eyes: one is the, perhaps obvious, reference to the idea of the “wisdom of crowds”; the other is a more oblique reference to Eric Raymond’s statement of what he called Linus’s Law, that one the core virtues of the collaborative model of open [...]

Wisdom of Many Eyes

In my last post I mentioned, in passing, the visualization project called Many Eyes, which emerged last year from IBM’s Collaborative User Experience research group. Many Eyes is an “open laboratory” for exploring the intersection of data visualization and user generated content. The folks at CUE have made available an application (or set of applications) [...]

A whole new mind for advertising

A recent article in Business Week, focused on Saatchi & Saatchi chief Kevin Roberts, suggests that whereas the good old days of Mad Ave. were the heyday of the Big Idea, that the new world order for agencies is the ascendancy of the one to one: advertising so targeted it not only knows what you [...]

The Social Design of Value, Part 2: Sovereignty, Constitution and Language

The social design of value is a kind of design that I think is enabled by emerging Internet technologies. I think that these technologies are introducing new mechanisms that make certain kinds of social design both possible and practical. Social design as a phenomenon, however, is not new.
Thee examples of social designs that significantly predate [...]

The Social Design of Value, Part 1

I have been thinking about the social production of knowledge and institutions for a long time. It was a central theme of my Ph.D. research more than a decade ago and has continued to interest me as I have engaged with open source as a model for collaboration and in thinking about the social dynamics [...]

Overlap O7 video site is live!

This past June, I (along with Robin Uchida) organized the second year of Overlap, an intimate conference that explores new methods of innovation at the intersection of business and design. Overlap was started by Victor Lombardi and Jess McMullin and was first held at Asilomar in Monterey, California. Overlap 07 was held just North of [...]

Let There Be Light?

But what kind? Here in Ontario, the government is trying to pass legislation that would eliminate the sale of incandescent lighting by the year 2012. Meanwhile, the Canadian government (among many other groups, public and private) are spending considerable time and money trying to get people to use power-saving compact fluorescent lighting (CPL).
As Virgina Postrel [...]

Bloggerea: A thought about avid blogging

I recently stumbled on a great post by Rohan Jayasekera, in which he asserts that “Blogging infrequently is a feature, not a bug“. After catching my breath at the novelty of the assertion, I started thinking about the two reasons it resonated so strongly. The first was that it validated my own practice, so pretty [...]

In Praise of Conformity

It occurs to me that people fundamentally misunderstand the popularity of so-called “social networking” sites. Whether these are either social or networks in the most robust or interesting senses is worthy of closer examination, but a popular form of dismissal of these sites and the phenomena they represent (or capture) is that they are outlets [...]